Asheville Community Acupuncture
Cat Finks, L.Ac. · Todd Walker, L.Ac. · Jess Mund, L.Ac. · Robin Hansen, L.Ac.
Quitting Smoking With Acupuncture
The smoking habit can be broken. For many people, this is not easy at all — in fact, it is so difficult that it sometimes seems impossible. But it can be done, and it can be done permanently. With a lot of determination on the smoker's part and with the help of acupuncture and herbal medicine, you, or anyone, can defeat this problem once and for all.
Acupuncture helps with the effects of withdrawal by releasing endorphins into the bloodstream.
Endorphins are natural chemicals occurring in the body that help us cope with stress. Herbal medicines can support you during withdrawal by soothing the nervous. Certain herbs help keep you calm and less agitated and others help clear out and heal the lungs from smoke damage. There's even an herb that mimics nicotine in the bloodstream but is non-addictive, so it helps you beat the habit more easily.
If you decide you want to use acupuncture and herbs to help you quit, the first step is to meet with your acupuncturist and discuss the best strategy to use. You will be surprised at how much it helps to have an array of tactics — the more the better — to finesse your habit, so that when the first day of "cold turkey" arrives, you can face the challenge of quitting with confidence.